About MOE NAGATA
Moe NAGATA is a well-known picture book author and illustrator in Japan.
Born on January 1949, in Kasai, a city near the port of Kobe, she studied design at a
college of art in Kyoto. After she worked five years for publisher and design agency
as a graphic designer, she turned freelance at age of 26. She has since then illustrated
more than 150 books and worked on various commercial arts.
Moe's works of "a World of Flower and Fairies" are drawn using mainly color inks,
along with acrylic paint, and dyes. Her distinctive style of painting is recognized for its
colorfulness, with soft and fine touch which gives dreamy and peaceful impression.
In 1987, she was awarded the Graphic Prize at Bologna Children's Book Fair. To date,
she has held solo exhibition in Denmark, France, Taiwan, and many more in Japan. Her
artworks have been issued 39times as the commemorative stamps by Japan Post. Some
of the public facilities in Japan have adopted and arranged her painting in variety of
ways from theater drape to ceramic wall art.
Moe marked her 40years as an illustrator in 2015. She currently lives in Kyoto with her
family, and runs the Gallery Yohseimura.
Shinjyuku Isetan Museum